Mississippi River Plan Available for Public Review


A proposed new management plan for the Mississippi Scenic Riverway between St. Cloud and Anoka is now available for public review and comment. Public meetings have been scheduled for the first week in March 2003 and written comments are due by March 29, 2003.

The draft plan guides DNR and local government management of the portion of the Mississippi River designated a State Wild and Scenic River. The designated portion of the river runs from the 10th Street Dam in St. Cloud to the northwest boundaries of Anoka and Champlin and covers land that is generally within one-fourth mile of the river.

Public meetings

Public meetings have been scheduled:

  • Tuesday, March 4, at the Monticello Community Center in Monticello
  • Wednesday, March 5, at the Sherburne County Government Center in Elk River
  • Thursday, March 6, at the Stearns County Government Center in St. Cloud

All three meetings will begin at 7 p.m. with a presentation about the content of the plan, followed by questions and discussion.

To view a copy of the plan, click here.

People can obtain either a paper or CD copy of the draft plan by calling the DNR's Waters Division at 651-259-5700. The draft plan consists of two documents: the draft plan itself, and a map atlas with a number of colored maps. The map atlas is available on the DNR website and on the CD copy, but not in printed form for mailing.

Written comments on the draft plan are due by March 29 and can be e-mailed to [email protected]
or mailed directly to:
Steve Johnson, Water Management Supervisor
DNR Waters, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4032.

Key elements of the draft plan include modest changes to the riverway's boundary and several proposed changes to the land use rules. The existing land use rules create two zoning districts; the proposed plan would create four districts, giving local governments and property owners greater flexibility while still protecting the river's outstanding values.

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